On the afternoon of April 12, 2018, Premier Li Keqiang held talks at the Great Hall of the People with Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands, who was in China for an official visit and the attendance at the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference.
Li Keqiang said that the Netherlands is an important cooperative partner of China in the European Union (EU) and bilateral relations have maintained a sound momentum of development. During President Xi Jinping’s state visit to the Netherlands in 2014, the two countries established an open and practical comprehensive cooperative partnership. President Xi Jinping also held a friendly meeting with you in Boao the other day. China is willing to, together with the Netherlands, strengthen high-level exchanges, expand all-round cooperation, and promote greater development of China-Netherlands relations and cooperation.
Li Keqiang pointed out that China is ready to, together with the Netherlands, give play to complementary advantages, deepen cooperation in such fields as agriculture, finance, science and technology, foster new growth points for cooperation, strengthen people-to-people and cultural exchanges, jointly tackle climate change, and constantly make a bigger cake of mutually beneficial cooperation. China is willing to expand imports of high-quality agricultural products and high-tech products from the Netherlands and welcomes Dutch enterprises to invest and establish business in China. China expects the Netherlands to make full use of its geographical advantages and actively participate in the “Belt and Road” cooperation, in a bid to benefit people of both countries.
Li Keqiang emphasized that the current international political and economic situation still faces uncertain and unstable factors. China hopes that the EU will maintain unity and development, and is ready to work with the Netherlands and the EU to jointly safeguard the multilateral trade system with the World Trade Organization (WTO) as its core, support multilateralism and free trade, and promote economic globalization towards a more open, inclusive, universally beneficial, balanced and win-win direction. It is hoped that the Netherlands will play the role as a “bridgehead” for China-EU economic and trade cooperation, push forward the negotiation process of the China-EU investment agreement and promote the balanced development of China-EU economic and trade relations. China will open its door wider, hoping that the level of mutual openness between China and the Netherlands, between China and the EU, and even among various countries in the world will be higher and higher, so as to better achieve mutual benefit and win-win and multi-win results.
Mark Rutte expressed that the current Netherlands-China relations have maintained a high level of development. The Netherlands is willing to, together with China, further strengthen strategic communication and dialogue, and deepen practical cooperation, so as to promote bilateral relations and EU-China relations to new stages. The Netherlands firmly supports free trade and is willing to cooperate with China in resisting protectionism and safeguarding the multilateral trade system with the WTO as its core. The Netherlands is ready to actively strengthen the integration of development strategies with China, supports the early negotiation on reaching the EU-China investment agreement, and stands ready to work with China to advance the implementation of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
The two sides also exchanged views on international and regional topics of common interest.
Prior to the talks, Li Keqiang held a welcoming ceremony for Mark Rutte at the North Hall of the Great Hall of the People.
State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Vice Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference Liu Xincheng and the others participated in related activities.